Mon. Jul 6th, 2020

Peabody Awards: ‘When They See Us,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Dolly Parton’s America’ among winners

The Peabody Awards have selected 30 winners as “the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019,” including HBO’s Watchmen and Succession, Netflix’s When They See Us and Stranger Things and Hulu’s Ramy in the entertainment section.

“This year’s winners are a vibrant collective of inspiring, innovative, and powerful stories,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “True to the spirit and legacy of Peabody, our winners are also distinguished by the presence and resilience of many emerging and diverse voices.”

PBS led the field with seven awards, including four for its POV series, while HBO and Netflix had four wins each. CNN and NBC had two, while Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus, Hulu, Lifetime, and OWN each earned one.

Although the awards were decided on ahead of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last month, several winners focused primarily on police brutality and systemic racism in the criminal justice system, including the documentary The Edge of Democracy; the Emmy-winning When They See Us about the 1990s Central Park Five case on Netflix; the podcast Dolly Parton’s America; and the HBO limited series Watchmen.

No date has been set to announce the winners as the ceremony has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Here is the full list of winners:


HBO Miniseries and SKY in association with Sister, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games (HBO)

David Makes Man
Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television
(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Apple / wiip / Anonymous Content / Tuning Fork Productions / Sugar 23 Productions (Apple TV+)

All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios (Prime Video)

Hulu, A24 Television (Hulu)

Stranger Things
Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment (Netflix)

HBO Entertainment in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries, and Gary Sanchez Productions (HBO)

Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media, and CBS Television Studios for Netflix (Netflix)

HBO in association with White Rabbit, Paramount, Warner Bros. Television and DC (HBO)

When They See Us
Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films, Array Filmworks for Netflix (Netflix)


Apollo 11
CNN Films (CNN)

For Sama
FRONTLINE PBS, Channel 4 News, ITN Productions, Channel 4 (PBS)

A production of Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision (PBS)

POV: Inventing Tomorrow
Fishbowl Films, Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, IQ190 Productions, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

POV: Midnight Traveler
Old Chilly Pictures LLC, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service (PBS)

POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs
Final Cut for Real, Mouka Filmi, STORY, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

POV: The Silence of Others
Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, El Deseo (PBS)

Surviving R. Kelly
Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ Inc. for Lifetime (Lifetime)

The Edge of Democracy
A Busca Vida Filmes Production in association with Violet Films for Netflix (Netflix)

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Films (HBO)


Dolly Parton’s America
Osm Audio and WNYC Studios (WNYC)

Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
BBC Sounds/George the Poet Ltd. (BBC Sounds)

In the Dark: The Path Home
American Public Media (APM Reports)

Threshold: The Refuge
(Auricle Productions)


A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness
(NBC News)

American Betrayal
NBC News, Engel Unit (NBC/MSNBC)

Long Island Divided

The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America



Molly of Denali
WGBH Educational Foundation, Atomic Cartoons (PBS Kids)

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